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We are releasing an incredible Bon Jovi photo book titled WORK. The oversized, hardcover art book - weighing nearly five pounds - contains 208 pages of images by BON JOVI’S OFFICIAL tour photographer David Bergman and shows Jon, Richie, David, and Tico on stage, backstage, and inside their own homes. A special section features never-before-seen private photos taken by Jon Bon Jovi himself.
Pre-order and reserve your copy today! Bon Jovi WORK is being printed in EXTREMELY limited quantities. A very small number of signed books are available, and if you missed out on getting the 2013 VIP photo book last fall, this is your last chance as it will not be reprinted.
Bon Jovi WORK is expected to start shipping in June 2014.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WORK, BON JOVI: BECAUSE WE CAN 2013, AND INSIDE OUT
"WORK” is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Bon Jovi, the top touring rock band in the world. This oversized, hardcover art book — weighing nearly five pounds — is a collection of color and black and white photographs taken by the band’s official tour photographer David Bergman during two record-breaking world tours from 2010-2013. Exclusive, intimate, and powerful images show the band members on stage, backstage, and inside their own homes. Never before seen photos take you inside the operating room as Jon Bon Jovi deals with the pain and successful surgery on his knee in 2011. Another section of the book features private photographs personally taken by Jon, giving fans a unique look — for the first time ever — at the rock icon’s life through his own eyes.
Hardcover. 208 pages. 10.8 x 14.4 inches.
“Bon Jovi: Because We Can 2013” is a hardcover portfolio of exquisite black and white photographs from the award winning 2013 tour by the band’s official photographer David Bergman. The book was printed in very limited numbers and became an instant Bon Jovi collectors item immediately upon it’s release. This look inside life on the road with the world’s biggest concert tour has never been available for purchase and the last remaining copies are finally obtainable only with your pre-order of WORK.
Hardcover. 60 pages. 7.5 x 10 inches.
BON JOVI: INSIDE OUT - showcases split-screen concert footage of the band performing their timeless hits, pre-recorded live at three different venues: their 12-night stand at London’s The O2 (Inside), the grand opening of New Meadowlands Stadium (Outside) and their multi-night run at Madison Square Garden (Inside).
DVD. 72 minutes 53 seconds. NTSC format.
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Come join Runaway Tours on February 24th to 26th in Las Vegas for a private acoustic Storyteller Show with Jon Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Live on the Vegas strip. The trip package will also include a special presentation with David Bergman, Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer. This is an exclusive “Jovication” that you don’t want to miss.
The trip cost will include two nights of accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, a welcome party, an after show party at the Hard Rock, an autographed photo of Jon Bon Jovi, Hard Rock / Runaway Tours Shot Glass, a special event laminate and trip credential is also included. Extra nights will also be available.
Trip Package: single price is $1,849 USD and the double price is $1,699 USD.
You must be an active member of Backstage with JBJ.
Check BonJovi.com THIS MONDAY, January 13th for full details.
Update Tuesday, Jan 28: Packages are now sold out.
Runaway Tours Las Vegas sale starts Tuesday January 14th at 7am PT / 10am ET. Visit RunawayToursBonJovi.com for more package details and order information.
Good Afternoon Runaways! Hot, breaking news! We’ve got an exciting addition to our already awesome, upcoming Runaway trip to Las Vegas. We are thrilled to announce that there will now be a photo op with Jon Bon Jovi as part of the trip! Individuals will be grouped by room.
Trip Package Includes:
• Two Night Hotel Accommodations At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
• Private Acoustic Storyteller Show With Jon Bon Jovi At Hard Rock Live On The Strip
• Photo Op With Jon Bon Jovi (Grouped By Room)
• After Show Party Cocktails At The Hard Rock Live On The Strip
• “On Tour With Bon Jovi” Presentation By Tour Photographer David Bergman
• Bon Jovi Ballroom Bash Welcome Party
• And much, much more! Click here for details.
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OFFICIAL POLLSTAR ANNOUNCEMENT: BON JOVI IS THE BIGGEST TOUR IN 2013 - WORLDWIDE
Copyright 2013 Pollstar - http://bit.ly/1lx8d6S (2:01 PM Monday 12/30/13)
The Pollstar Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours chart shows Bon Jovi in first place, Beyoncé holding down the No. 2 position and Pink landing in third.
Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. October 9, 2013 (Paul A. Hebert / Invision / AP)
2013 was a record year for the global concert industry. Combined, The Top 20 Worldwide Tours took in $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales, a huge $470.6 million or 24 percent increase over the $1.96 billion generated in 2012.
More artists saw fat pay days in 2012. During the year there were 13 tours that grossed over $100 million, compared with only six tours hitting that monetary benchmark last year.
Not only did Bon Jovi hit No. 1 across the globe, but the band’s $259.5 total gross was also the highest in its career. And they did it without Richie Sambora.
There were also a couple of newcomers to the Top 20 Worldwide Tours. One Direction grabbed 10th place by grossing a total of $114 million, and Bruno Mars clocked in at 17th with his $72.4 million total.
Want more info? Sure you do. Just click here for Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours, including average ticket prices, total tickets sold and other data elements guaranteed to spark conversations, initiate debates and transform you into the Einstein of Concerts among your family and friends.
And stay tuned. Pollstar will release all of its 2013 Year End research Jan. 9.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio (http://bit.ly/1cd5cWX)
It was good news and bad news for Bon Jovi in 2013. The good news: A chart-topping album and the highest-grossing tour of the year. The bad news: Their guitarist walked out on them mid-tour, and their drummer faced two life-threatening medical problems.
In October of 2012, Bon Jovi did something risky by putting tickets on sale for their 2013 Because We Can world tour before their new album had even been released. They kicked off that world tour in February, even though the album, called What About Now, still wasn’t out. When it finally arrived in March, it became Bon Jovi’s third straight studio effort to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and their fifth #1 album overall. As for the tour, it went around the globe and ended up as the top-grossing trek of the entire year, earning more than 205 million bucks over 90 sold-out shows.
The fact that the tour was able to sell out worldwide was even more impressive, considering the fact that in early April, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora walked off the tour with no explanation. He was replaced for the remainder of the trek by guitarist Phil X, as rumors flew about the “real” reason for Sambora’s absence. There was much speculation that either drugs or disagreements over financial arrangements had caused the split, as well as rumors that frontman Jon Bon Jovi had fired Sambora. All those rumors were denied.
Finally, the guitarist revealed that he’d simply needed a break for what had essentially been 30 years of non-stop touring, and that he wanted to spend time with his teenage daughter and, later, his ailing mother. He didn’t rule out rejoining the group either, saying there was “no malice” between him and Jon.
As if being down a guitarist wasn’t bad enough, during a two-week period in September, the band twice lost their drummer, Tico Torres: first to an emergency appendectomy, and then to gall bladder surgery. Drummer Rich Scannella filled in for Torres, but several shows had to be either postponed or canceled. In a statement announcing those changes, Jon Bon Jovi said, “Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago. He’s also one tough SOB.”
2013 also saw continuing proof of Bon Jovi’s enduring, multi-generational appeal. They were nominated for Favorite Music Group at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, alongside such young acts as One Direction. In November, their classic hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #25, thanks to the sudden popularity of a viral video, shot in 2009, that shows Boston Celtics fan Jeremy Fry dancing his heart out to the tune in the stands at Boston’s TD Garden. Also in November, Jon Bon Jovi performed at a benefit in London hosted by Prince William. The heir to the British throne, as well as country-pop superstar Taylor Swift, joined Jon onstage to belt out “Livin’ on a Prayer”: They knew every word. Later, Jon said of the prince, “He was a great sport, and I assure you all the man can sing.”
Among the personal highlights for Jon in 2013: his 18-year-old son Jesse Bongiovi was chosen as a member of the University of Notre Dame’s football team, and in July, the singer donated $1 million to a fund that’s helping New Jersey communities recover from Hurricane Sandy.
By Helen Zhao (Mail Online)
Jon Bon Jovi has been a busy man, with his band achieving the status of highest-grossing world tour of 2013. Their 90-date Because We Can tour is due to end with one final performance on Tuesday in Brisbane, Australia. In between a tight schedule of concerts, the frontman was able to find some time off to kick back, relax, and enjoy the Australian scenery.
I’m on a boat! Jon Bon Jovi saluted cameras as he cruised about the Sydney Harbour amid his ‘Because We Can’ world tour
The Bon Jovi front man was spotted cruising in a recreational boat in Sydney Harbour on Monday, looking to be having the time of his life as he enjoyed the fresh air and breeze and hit it off with fellow passengers.
The 51-year-old rock star kicked back at the stern of the boat in order to enjoy the outdoors and a panoramic view of one of the world’s finest harbours. He expressed feelings of elation and perhaps triumph during such a successful tour as he acknowledged cameras with a high reaching wave - resembling a salute as though to say, ‘Ay captain!’
Say cheese! The 51-year-old rock star took time off in between his back-to-back shows in Sydney and his final show in Brisbane on Tuesday
The father of four looked clean cut and cool in black shades, a white cap, a form fitting black polo, necklaces, belted blue jeans, and black sneakers. He wandered around the boat, engaging chummily with fellow passengers and seeming to exude a charming and larger than life presence.
Larger than life: The father of four and his band has achieved the status of highest-grossing world tour of 2013, ranked by Billboard
It’s no wonder he’s in high spirits, considering his iconic band is about to wrap up a smashingly successful world tour that kicked off in Washington D.C. in February and then took the band members all across Canada and the United States, down to South Africa, through Europe, South America, Japan, and finally, Australia.
His restful afternoon in the Sydney Harbour came after two back-to-back shows in Sydney: one on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium, where Kid Rock also performed, and then on Sunday at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
According to Billboard, the New Jersey rockers achieved the status of highest-grossing tour of 2013, more than the next-biggest touring musician, P!nk.
Such an achievement is not a first for Bon Jovi - having finished in 2008 as well as 2010 as Billboard’s highest grossing of the year, according to the BBC.
Charismatic musician: Jon engaged fellow passengers in chummy conversation
Jon Bon Jovi took a well deserved afternoon of rest, with his grand finale performance just around the corner: at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Tuesday, also featuring Kid Rock as a special guest.
You Asked, We Listened!
As a thank you to every fan who made this tour so incredible, Bon Jovi is very happy to announce that we will be streaming the final concert of the Because We Can 2013 tour live on www.BonJovi.com.
Last night in Sydney, Bon Jovi surprised the sell-out crowd at the Sydney Entertainment Centre by ending their concert with John Lennon’s classic “Merry Xmas (War is Over).”
Seemingly determined to reward fans who had purchased tickets to this rare, intimate performance—the band joined classic hits with fan favorites and Jon’s favorite covers.
In an added twist, Jon invited the better half of Bon Jovi’s crew to join the band and provide background vocals.
Watch the full video here:
BON JOVI’S final show on the Because We Can tour:
Tuesday 17December - Suncorp Stadium, tickets from: www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
By Monique Cowper (Daily Telegraph)
Branka Cladera (Delic), a diehard fan of the band, made international news in October when her online campaign for Bon Jovi to walk her down the aisle at her Las Vegas wedding actually worked.
Not content with the one experience, Branka was determined to meet up with Bon Jovi again when he arrived in Sydney this week for two concerts.
His Vegas visit was a fleeting one which left her in shock so the bride wanted to make sure she thanked him properly for his generosity.
On Saturday night Branka and husband Gonzalo attended the massive outdoor Bon Jovi gig at Homebush like every other fan in Sydney.
But she had a secret plan - she was also going to the Sunday night show at the Entertainment Centre, where she had paid $500 for tickets in the 10th row, along with her girlfriends who had made up signs which read “Vegas Bride is Here”.
But Bon Jovi had his own plans. On Sunday afternoon Bon Jovi management contacted her to invite Branka and Gonzo to watch the band perform during sound check, to meet up with the man himself again.
"They asked us to be there in an hour and I was yelling at Gonz, ‘get in the shower now we can’t be late’,” she laughs.
They watched an unusually long sound check of over an hour before meeting up in a hallway backstage.
"Jon shows up with a big smile on his and I just ran at him and said, ‘give me a hug big boy’,” she said.
"He started laughing. It really did surpass my wedding day a million times over. This was the whole experience. As a kid I was that person who hung around the back of the Entertainment Centre seeing who would come in and out. Last night I was that person with my VIP pass. I could only dream that one day I would be walking down that hall at a Bon Jovi show, it was amazing.”
Branka said Bon Jovi was surprisingly nervous before the second Sydney show after changing the set list and was worried about the fan’s reaction.
"We told him he nothing he could do would disappoint fans,” she said. "He kept asking us about our honeymoon but I kept saying, ‘I don’t want to talk about us I want to talk about you’.”
The final touch for the night was that Bon Jovi management produced five extra seats for Branka, Gonzo and three friends to sit at the very front of the stage.
An over-excited Branka forgot to tell her friends, who turned up at the gig, only to be told their tickets for seats in the 10th row had been cancelled. “I was getting all these calls freaking out but when they found out they were so excited.”
They were even presented with bags full of every piece of Bon Jovi merchandise on sale.
It capped off a remarkable few months for the couple.
In September, Branka launched her bid to have Jon Bon Jovi walker her down the aisle at her wedding in Las Vegas. In soon became an online media campaign aided by the Hornsby Advocate.
Ms Delic’s Facebook page called ‘Bon Jovi, Walk Me Down the Aisle?’ attracted 1880 likes and attracted media attention in the US where it caught Bon Jovi’s eye.
Playing in Vegas at the same time as the wedding, the legendary rocker shocked the couple by turning up and making Branka’s dream come true.
BON JOVI’S final show on the Because We Can tour:
Tuesday 17December - Suncorp Stadium, tickets from: www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
The second night in Melbourne of #TheFinal7 was incredible! Read more to watch a live video of “You Give Love A Bad Name” from the December 8th concert.
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By Alexa Coetsee (News.com.au)
“THIS ain’t television, baby!”
With that, rock god Jon Bon Jovi had fans out of their seats and onto their feet last night, in what was the 100th show held at Perth Arena and the 99th stop of Bon Jovi’s Because We Can World Tour.
It was four songs in before the crowd stood up, but if a paying fan won’t sway and point to a classic like ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ what are they there for?
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It was Bon Jovi’s anthems of the late eighties and early nineties like In These Arms and Bad Medicine that lit the place up - but the band also had some sweet treats for the true believers with Born to Be My Baby and The Radio Saved My Life Tonight appearing on the set list.
The tour’s spectacular mega-staging that the band has dubbed ‘Sofia’ - in the shape of a blue 1959 Buick - was kept in the garage (she’s only rolled out for the stadium shows and has to be moved in 26 sea containers) which meant last night’s show was all about the music - and Jon Bon Jovi’s charm.
Guitarist Phil X does a solid job filling in for Richie Sambora, who’s been ‘on a break’ from the band since April, but more than ever it becomes the Jon Bon Jovi show without Sambora, who co-wrote the band’s biggest hits with the frontman. Jon, now 51 but easily looking 15 years younger, kept his famous Superman tatt covered under long sleeved leather last night, despite literally dripping in sweat as he star-jumped across the stage. Later, he thanked fans for their support over thirty years.
Jon Bon Jovi performs at Perth Arena last night. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
It’s My Life brought universal fist pump action to the venue and Because We Can (off 2013’s What About Now album) was well received. Keep The Faith still sounds fresh, 21 years after its release.
The set list was shorter than the three hours that they play for at the stadium shows, but fans were still treated to more than two hours of hits. The pace slowed in the middle with an acoustic rendition of Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night and the romantic Thick as Thieves built up to a soaring ballad. The lyrics sound pretty genuine from a rock singer who has been married to the same woman for 24 years.
The encore was pure Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive (one of the night’s highlights), Have A Nice Day and an all-in singalong to karaoke fave Livin’ On A Prayer. There is just something magic about hearing 15,000 people deliver that keychange.
With a back catalogue like theirs, not every song can be included. Power ballads Always and Bed of Roses were missed and at times, so was Richie Sambora, but surely no fan could leave disappointed by an evening with one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
We had an amazing first night in Melbourne for #TheFinal7 shows of the Because We Can Tour 2013! Read more to watch a live video of “Lost Highway” from the December 7th concert.
By Louise Treccasi (The Advertiser)
THEY told us to Keep The Faith and, for 18 years, more than 50,000 fans did just that.
US rock legends Bon Jovi returned to Adelaide for the first time since 1995, bringing its Because We Can world tour to AAMI Stadium on Wednesday night.
The football stadium was transformed into a massive stage with a giant blue 1959 Buick.
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The New Jersey boys may be a bit older, and missing a much-loved band member, but they still sure know how to entertain a crowd and throw a party.
OK, so I admit it was weird not having guitarist Richie Sambora there - Wanted Dead or Alive just didn’t sound the same without the two cowboys and their guitars.
At 51, frontman Jon Bon Jovi’s energy is contagious and he had the crowd - which seemed to be mostly female - singing along as he strutted his stuff in his tight jeans and famous American flag jacket.
Jon kept asking the crowd if we were with him and ordered everyone to get out of our seats and have fun.
Truth is, we’ve been with him and the band for more than three decades.
"Are you with me Adelaide?" he shouted.
"I’ve waited a long time to come back.
"Get up out of your seats."
The crowd was dancing in the aisles from the opening number, That’s What the Water Made Me.
The hits kept coming for three hours. But the crowd had come to hear their favourites: Bad Medicine, You Give Love a Bad Name, It’s My Life, and of course the band’s signature anthem - Li vin’ on a Prayer.
The concert had been a long time coming but was worth the wait.
We all made the journey home knowing we had just spent an unforgettable night with one of the world’s greatest live music acts.
By Paul Cashmere (Noise 11)
Die-hard Bon Jovi fans will be keen to find out if the departure of founder Richie Sambora has had a negative effect. Sorry to say Sambora fan, no it hasn’t.
My concerns in heading along to see the Samboraless Bon Jovi for the first time was that the energy would not be there. Actually it was quite the opposite. The energy was back. The last tour three years ago lacked a spark that was probably the start of the Jon and Richie tension.
Without Richie, David Bryan takes on a much more prominent profile in the band. Previously relegated to the backbench of the live act, Bryan now has much higher profile.
This tour is much bigger and a lot better than the last. The stage is designed as a giant 1959 Buick Electra 225. The car was christened Sofia, in honour of the city of Sofia, Bulgaria where the tour started back in May.
The setlist covered the entire Bon Jovi career with songs from every album except for 1985’s ‘7800 Degrees Fahrenheit’ and 2000’s ‘Crush’. This band has sold 106.5 million albums worldwide so there are a lot of fans of a lot of songs and pleasing everyone is a seemingly impossible task.
The last three albums ‘Lost Highway’ (2007), ‘The Circle’ (2009) and ‘What About Now’ (2013) make up just over a third of the setlist and songs from the 21st century make up half the setlist so this isn’t a nostalgia tour. The band has new music and it fits comfortably with the past.
The real fan sing-along moments however came the 90s classic rock, the songs that the fans grew up with. Jon could take a backstep to the audience singing along to ‘Bad Medicine’. At a Bon Jovi show the audience takes over the anthem’s ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Living On A Prayer’ at every show anyway.
It was great to hear ‘Runaway’ still in the set. The song dates back to the band’s first album in the big hair days of 1984. The nod to The Stones ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and the rock and roll medley featuring Isley Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis (with David Bryan on vocals) and Chuck Berry (a Christmas song for the season) paid homage to their forefathers of rock.
On Friday when he met media Jon talked about how the band has now been around for as long as people like Taylor Swift have been alive, so for that generation, they are like The Stones who have been around as long as the Bon Jovi band members have been alive. So it is all about perspective.
By Rod Case (Bendigo Advertiser)
They came for the songs, the looks and, oh right, apparently a good deal of ‘em for those trademark tight jeans.
No one left disappointed.
Bon Jovi blasted into Melbourne on Saturday night for the opening show of his Australian tour with a clear intention – stand and deliver.
Deliver he did – a cracking show stretching well beyond the two hour mark laced with classics, new stuff, plenty of fun and all the ‘showman’ that has taken him to the top of the world through 30 years.
This 51-year-old danced, sung and wiggled that trademark of his across a mighty stage designed as the front of a 1959 Buick complete with headlights.
Bon Jovi arrived to entertain and had just one request in return – crowd participation.
Those calls where answered in kind – a sea of waving arms, dancing and, yep, plenty of sing-a-long.
And when Bon Jovi thought that crowd participation was waning, he told them so.
At one stage banging the microphone he asked: ‘’Is this thing still on… are you still with me out there?’’
Of course, they were.
Where cigarette lighters once ruled, the mobile phone now holds court and when Bon Jovi told everyone to get them out and ‘light up this dome’ the interior of Etihad was transformed into a scene to rival the best of starry, starry nights.
The Bon Jovi magic was always on show – You Give Love A Bad Name, Raise Your Hands, It’s My Life, Because We Can, Keep The Faith, We Weren’t Born To Follow.
But the concert highlights were voted for by the crowd on this night and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Bad Medicine and a rousing five-song encore featuring In These Arms, Runaway, Wanted Dead or Alive, Have a Nice Day and Livin’ On A Prayer were the ‘fever pitch’ moments.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead was Bon Jovi and his band at their best – the song littered with segues into the Rolling Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls Of Fire and a touch of festive cheer with Chuck Berry’s Run Run Rudolph.
Bad Medicine took on a life of its own as well with a good dose of Johnny O’Keefe’s Shout.
But every concert has a moment… right?
The bit you will never forget.
Cue… Livin’ On A Prayer.
Bon Jovi delivered the opening to the song in acoustic style – pretty soon he was doing the guitar work and the crowd the singing.
His approving smile served both as recognition for the crowd’s efforts and fuel for the hordes to just keep on singing.
Bon Jovi took over to belt out Livin’ On A Prayer in true traditional style with his chorus of 50,000 odd back up singers, of course.
Bon Jovi thanked the crowd for coming out to see the band that night, for 30 years of support and wished all a safe trip home.
Then he was gone. Job done.
Although given the sea of mobile phones snapping and recording with ferocity all night – fair bet that concert is going to live on for some time to come.
Take a bow Bon Jovi… you delivered.